The Saturday Meal Plan fills you in on what to watch, when to watch and where to watch every Saturday during the college football season.
Listen, folks, I respect you too much to lie to you. This week's schedule of games isn't nearly as strong as last week's was, at least not on the superficial level. There are no top ten matchups, though there are a couple of key games to pay attention to.
Aside from those games we generally have a whole heaping helping of powerhouse schools beating up on the weak.
But it's important to remember through all of this that, no matter who is playing whom, it's college football. And a Saturday filled with unappealing college football is still a million times better -- I did the math -- than a Saturday with no college football at all. So let's get to it. All times are Eastern.
No. 12 Florida at Miami -- ESPN, Noon
This is one of the few games this weekend with a bit of national appeal, and it's certainly the most interesting game of the early slate. While this game won't actually have an impact on the ACC standings, it should give everybody a good idea of how serious a contender the Hurricanes will be in the conference this season. As for the Gators, we'll find out if they're capable of playing well on offense in consecutive weeks, which I believe would be a record under Will Muschamp.
This is one of a couple games this weekend (the other is Minnesota traveling to New Mexico State) in which I have no idea what the hell certain athletic directors were thinking. Why is Oklahoma State playing a road game against a Conference USA team that just joined the FBS level last year? That's a question that's nearly as difficult to answer as "why should I watch this game?"
How could you not want to watch a team that got blasted by McNeese State last week face a team that believes there's no need to even try to play offense? Though, honestly, if you're looking at actual matchups, the running attack South Florida is trying to employ could be interesting to watch against Michigan State's suffocating defense. In much the same way that wildlife video showing a sick animal being ripped apart by a pride of lions is.
Tennessee Tech at No. 21 Wisconsin -- Big Ten Network, Noon
It's on television so theoretically you could come across it while flipping through channels.
Cincinnati destroyed Purdue last week and not it looks to continue it's tour of the Big Ten's worst by traveling to Champaign to take on an Illini team that needed a goalline stand to hold off Southern Illinois last week. I told you the schedule was light this week!
This game will be interesting simply because it will give us a better idea of how good Oregon will be this season. Virginia did not look good last week, even in victory, but surely flying across the country to face the Cavaliers will be a better litmus test for the Ducks than Nicholls State can be.
This game looked a lot more interesting before San Diego State lost to Eastern Illinois last week. Of course, when it comes to Ohio State games, no matter the opponent, it's usually worth tuning in just to see Braxton Miller do his thing.
Toledo isn't messing around with its early season schedule, is it? First a road trip to Florida and now a road trip to Missouri. This will be a good test for both teams, because Toledo isn't the pushover that Florida made it look like at times last week. This game could sneak up on you as one of the more enjoyable games of the day.
Listen, Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is the most exciting player in the country that you don't know. So if you have no rooting interests during the afternoon slate of games, do yourself a favor and flip over to this one and enjoy him for a while. You won't be disappointed.
See, this is another reason why you should give Chuckie Keeton a try.
And here is your main event for the day. While this game is huge for both teams -- it could settle the SEC East eventually -- it's even bigger for the Bulldogs as they're already off to an 0-1 start and a loss here could effectively kill the team's major goals. Stylistically it's a matchup of one of the SEC's best offenses against one of the SEC's best defenses. I mean, honestly, given the other games that'll be going on at this point, how isn't this the game you're watching?
One of the rare matchups between two BCS conference schools this week doesn't seem all that great on the surface, but you could be surprised. First of all, Northwestern is usually fun to watch in general, and one of the reasons for that is the Wildcats' habit of keeping every game close.
Listen, this is a game that Nebraska should win, but it could be worth checking in on just to see if Bo Pelini's head explodes as he watches his defense give up 600 yards again.
For LSU fans only.
No. 15 Texas at Brigham Young -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
This is a game that could prove to be very entertaining. BYU lost to Virginia last week, but it sure wasn't because of its defense, and that unit will provide a tough test for Texas. Especially on the road. There's a possible upset on the horizon here.
West Virginia at No. 16 Oklahoma -- Fox, 7 p.m.
West Virginia was actually tied with William & Mary late in the fourth quarter last week before the game-winning touchdown. Now, I'm not a genius or anything, but something tells me that Oklahoma might be a tougher test. One way or another, we'll have a good idea of what to expect from West Virginia this season following this game.
Hawaii may just find itself in the wrong place at the wrong time because I have a feeling Oregon State will be looking to make a statement following last week's loss to Eastern Washington.
No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan -- ESPN, 8 p.m.
You know what's more fun than debating whether or not this is a national or regional rivalry? Actually watching the game being played. Well, that and just about everything aside from trips to the dentist, really. But as far as the game is concerned, the Wolverines and the Irish have a tendency to play close games against one another.
Tune in for the chance to mock Lane Kiffin, and stay for what could prove to be an exciting game. Or what could be an exciting game of mocking Lane Kiffin. It's your life, live it how you want to.
UNLV was able to hang with Minnesota for a while before fading last week, can they do a better job at home against an Arizona team fully capable of lighting up a scoreboard? Maybe!
Man, Stanford is trying to delay the start of its season as long as possible, isn't it? I don't expect this game to be very competitive -- though I could be wrong -- but it's worth tuning in just to see how Stanford looks.